One-on-one with Senator Ron Johnson
The Republican answers News 8 Now's questions about immigration, the Capitol riot, and his future in politics
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson is headed to Texas to tour an immigration detention facility. Before heading to the border, the Wisconsin Republican offered to sit down, one-on-one, with our Amy DuPont to answer our questions about immigration, the Capitol riot and his future role in politics.
The U.S. is dealing with a sudden surge of migrants, including women and children, at the southern border, leading Customs and Border Protection in one part of Texas, to release some migrant families without notices to appear in court.
Vice President Kamala Harris says the situation is a result of Trump-era immigration measures. “In addition to the border, we need to deal with the root causes,” Harris says.
Johnson disagrees, placing blame back on the Biden administration. “The problem is our policy attracts people. We apprehend, we process and we disperse all over the country,” he says.
Johnson has never shied away from sharing his opinion, or responding to the backlash that sometimes has followed. He’s faced outrage after telling a radio show host he might have been concerned for his well-being if the protesters at the Capitol on Jan. 6 had been affiliated with Black Lives Matter instead of being a pro-Trump crowd.
“There was nothing racist in my comments. What I was talking about was before the riot even began. We were in the Senate chamber. We got ushered out. I went back to my office. We proceeded calmly. I never felt threatened on Jan. 6,” Johnson says.
Johnson has not said whether he will run for re-election in 2022 but said he believes Democrats are using his capitol comments to kick off their campaign.
“One of the reasons they are playing the race card is they view this as a potential pick-up seat. They are doing all they can to destroy me,” says Johnson, who insists he won’t be silenced.
News 8 Now asked Wisconsin Democratic Rep. Ron Kind and Sen. Tammy Baldwin to respond to Johnson’s statements. Kind’s office told us the congressman was not available. Baldwin’s office did not respond.
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